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LONDON: Matt Ritchie condemned Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Newcastle, while Liverpool cemented their top four place with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday (Monday in Manila). United’s second defeat in their last three Premier League games leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.…

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FLORENCE, Italy: Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain scored as Juventus went top of Serie A on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in a 2-0 win at Fiorentina overshadowed by a video assistant referee (VAR) fiasco. A decision to award a penalty to Fiorentina after 21 minutes when Juventus’s Giorgio Chiellini’s arm blocked…

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SHANGHAI: Paul Gascoigne described life in China in 2003 as “like being locked in a cave,” but foreign stars in the country today earn among the biggest wages in football and live more like kings than Neanderthals. The most talented English midfielder of his generation, Gascoigne was one of the…

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BERLIN: Liverpool-bound Naby Keita helped RB Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-0 in Friday’s (Saturday in Manila) Bundesliga clash when he scored a stinging second-half winner with a free-kick. Runaway leaders Bayern Munich remain 15 points clear as they await Schalke 04 on Saturday whilst Bayer Leverkusen can climb level with Leipzig…

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Dexter Benecio pulled off a brace while Marvin Jake Bricenio scored his fourth goal of the season, as University of Sto. Tomas (UST) crushed Adamson University, 3-0, to keep the lead in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 men’s football tournament on Thursday at the Rizal…

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MADRID: Just days before Paris Saint-Germain touch down in the Spanish capital, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have the chance to boost their fragile confidence when they face Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The reigning European champions have been shipping a worrying number of goals in…

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Global Cebu FC kicks off its campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2018 when it tackles FLC Thanh Hóa FC today at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. The People’s Club collides with hosts Lam Son Warriors at 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. in Manila). “An away…

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HANOI: FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday said football’s governing body will decide next month whether to officially endorse the video assistant referee, a move that could see the controversial technology used at the World Cup. VAR, so far trialled in nearly 1,000 matches, reviews key moments linked to goals,…

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BERLIN: The amount Bundesliga club RB Leipzig owe their backers Red Bull has leapt to 83.164 million euros ($101.9m), according to a government-backed magazine. The Bundesanzeiger, published by Germany’s department of Justice, say the club added 30 million euros to the 52.384m they owed the Austrian energy drinks giants at…

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